Our veterans, active service members, and fallen warriors make up the strong backbone of our great country. There’s truly no way we as civilians can repay the tremendous debt we owe to the United States military.
One woman in Florida, however, is looking to give back in some small way. Well, actually, in a very, very large way.
Dawn Barker of Tampa gave herself an incredible goal that would utilize her talents and honor the country, and its military, that she loves so much.
“One day it just started and I didn’t realize how big it was going to be,” Barker told FOX13. “I didn’t think that it would turn into this.”
The big project Barker referred to is the absolutely massive American Flag she is knitting in honor of our troops.
The flag, which Barker says she started knitting about a year ago, is now an impressive 39 feet by 26 feet. The blue field of the flag alone measures 15 feet by 12 feet.
Barker’s amazing flag, which she hopes to donate to the Arlington National Cemetery when she finishes, has just one powerful motive behind it: to honor those who have served: “Everybody that has served and fought for us and died, it’s not for nothing.”
While most people who knit do so for fun or relaxation, Barker’s hobby is something so much more. Knitting the gargantuan flag has become the magnum opus of her life and is something that takes up nearly her every waking moment.
“This is just my contribution to America, that’s all it is,” Barker said, wiping tears from her eyes. “That’s all I’m trying to do.”